Thursday, August 30, 2007

The World of the Dream

"I make not believe that I am now dreaming, but I cannot turn out that I am Not." Philosopher Bertrand Charles Taze Russell 1872-1970


Are dreamings relevant? The scientific community makes not look to believe so. If it can not be proven by the scientific method, it makes not exist. It must not be then. Sigmund Freud (1963) wondered about this too when he inquires what the true beginning of the disdain in which daydreams are held in scientific circles. He believed that dreamings were to guard sleep. A big part of world passes a considerable amount of clip dreaming, therefore disbursement a big proportionality of their life in that state. They can not turn out that people dreaming about being with their old friends, getting high on drugs and alcoholic beverage and partying; however, if one were lying in a slumber lab, the technicians could state that he or she was in paradoxical slumber sleep--they just could not turn out what the dreaming was about.

A dream, according to Freud, is "the mode in which the head responds to stimuli that impinge upon it in the state of sleep." Ocular mental images are how we predominately experience dreams, through feelings and thoughts. Physical urges on are also in progress.

If a adult male dreamings that a beautiful bare adult female is fondling him, he can have got a physical experience--a messy 1 at that. If this hypothetical adult male have a full vesica and dreamed of standing in presence of a urinal, he might do another mess. This often haps after a nighttime of heavy imbibing and possibly the crashing end of two or three years of methamphetamine hydrochloride use. As declared by Ewen (1988) Sigmund Freud believed that "the most of import portion of personality, the unconscious, is also the most inaccessible. During sleep, however, the egotism relaxes its defences and lets pent-up stuff to emerge; and libidinal urges and cathexes that were frustrated during waking hours happen satisfaction in the word form of dreams."

This conveys us to Freud's theory of wishing fulfilment. He states that what instigates a dreaming is a wish, and the fulfillment of that wishing is the content of the dream--a head feature of dreams. Sigmund Sigmund Freud concluded that our dark phantasies supply a "royal route to the unconscious." In dreams, said Freud, we are able to gratify forbidden or unrealistic wishings and desires that have got been forced into the unconscious portion of the mind. He said if we did not dream, energy invested in these wishings and desires would construct up to intolerable levels, threatening our very saneness (Wade & Tavris, 1998). If one is dreaming about partying with old friends, using drugs and alcohol, exhibiting promiscuous behaviour with old girlfriends, then I have got to give serious consideration to Freud's wishing fulfillment theory.

However, maybe this is a defence chemical mechanism that maintains people from acting out this behaviour in waking life. Sigmund Freud holds "that the dreaming makes not simply reproduce this stimulus, but takes it, acquires quit of it, trades with it, by agency of a sort of experience." The inquiry is: why make the drug and alcoholic beverage dreamings recur periodically, in assorted formats? Possibly the dreamings have got to recur as an in progress curative chemical mechanism to maintain it from happening in waking life. Whatever the reasons, these dreamings often give emotional daze when recovering nuts or dipsomaniacs awake. "Oh shit. I have got got blown 10 old age of sobriety!" Before the dreamer is fully awake, he or she is in a terror that they have returned to imbibing and using, then world sinks in and they recognize they was in a dreaming state.


There is a mountain of literature written about Sigmund Freud and another mountain written by Jung. Depending on what volume of the collected plant is being considered, you are likely to happen a contradiction in a future volume. That is because he was continually growing and changing his theories. This is a good thing, for we cannot go stagnant, especially with something as confusing as dreams.

Whereas Sigmund Freud believed that dreaming symbols disguise unpleasant truths in order to continue sleep, Carl Jung sees the apparent content as the true dream. The linguistic communication of dreamings is confusing because it reflects the unlogical nature of the unconscious. Freud's frontage falsifies the inside, whereas Jung's frontage depicts the inside.

Freud thought he had the never-never land figured out. According to Carl Carl Jung (1960) "much may be said for Freud's position as a scientific account of dreaming psychology." However, Jung disputed its completeness. He "thought that lone a combination of points of view--which have not yet been achieved in a scientifically satisfactory mode still necessitates to be overcome."

A major difference between Sigmund Sigmund Freud and Carl Carl Jung is that Freud's position is based on the personal unconscious; whereas Jung come ups from both the personal and the corporate unconscious. This is where the two theoreticians parted ways. Their friendly relationship ended over this divide. Sigmund Freud did not accept Jung's theory of the corporate unconscious. Dreams about family, friends and day-to-day life come up from the personal unconscious. The corporate unconscious, on the other hand, trips archetypal dreamings of a absorbing nature. Carl Jung interruptions these into two groups: small dreamings and large dreams. The small dreaming come ups from the personal unconscious and the large dreaming come ups from the corporate unconscious.

Jung accepted wishing fulfilment, but he felt the dreaming served many other purposes. "Our expression merely states that the dreaming is a symbolical mental representation of an unconscious content. It go forths the inquiry unfastened whether these table of contents are always wish- fulfilments." Dreams may show fear's, mirroring existent states of affairs in the dreamer's life, they could expect the hereafter or supply a warning, or hunt for ethical direction. Carl Carl Jung even considered the dreaming as a possible consequence of telepathy, which could explicate his theory of synchronicity.

Whereas Sigmund Freud might posit a drug/alcohol dreaming as a wishing fulfilment, Jung might have got said the dreaming was expressing a fear. I believe both are certainly relevant considerations. In either lawsuit I can see how both theories are compensatory, aiming to reconstruct a state of psychological balance. If nuts and/or dipsomaniacs did not have got those dreamings periodically, it might be much more than hard for them to prolong sobriety. The self- contemplation of the dreaming and its curative penetration can be quite healing.

Jung came "to the decision that Freud's position that dreamings have got an essentially wish-fulfilling and sleep-preserving mathematical mathematical function is too narrow, though the basic idea of a countervailing biological function is certainly correct."

The countervailing biological function would be difficult to deny. The above illustration about a dreamer that was standing in presence of a urinal and then urinating in bed, is substantiated here. So is the messy consequence of a wet dream. Fortunately (or unfortunately) most older males make not have got those types of dreamings any longer. However, for many, the sweet bird of young person was fraught with them. Carl Jung travels a small additional with symbolization. Agreeing that some dreaming symbols have got sexual connotations, he states there are other possibilities. Inserting a cardinal in a lock might symbolize sexual intercourse, or it could depict the hopeful gap of new possibilities in one's life. Hence, dreamings are not as simplistic as Sigmund Freud postulates. For Jung, Beebe (1993) explains, "dreams have got something to say: they do a point. A Jungian dreaming reading is uncomplete if it can not happen this point."

Jung computer addresses the nature of psychical world "just as the organic structure responds purposively to hurts or infections or any abnormal conditions, so the psychical mathematical functions respond to unnatural or unsafe perturbations with purposive defense-mechanisms. Among these we include the dream, since it equipped the unconscious stuff constellated in a given witting state of affairs and stores it to consciousness in symbolical form." Sigmund Freud would agree, at least from a historical standpoint. He did not believe dreamings had a prophetic element. He did state that you cannot dreaming about anything that you have got not experienced, most likely approaching from the former day.


Underworld, according to Hillman, is the mythological style of describing a psychological cosmos. In other words the Hel is psyche. Hillman cites Henry Martin Robert Lowie as stating that "the mind is the physical thing that mathematical functions after decease or in dreamings or trances." Therefore, the dreaming is mind doing psyche work. Hillman's slogan is "stick to the image." He states that "because the dreaming talks in images, or even is images--which is what the Homeric oneiros meant--because dreaming is imaging, our instrument for undistorted hearing to the imaginativeness and can be answered only by the imagination.

Dream translators usually desire to associate the dreaming to waking life. Hillman desires to de-center--away from us. He desires to dehumanize.

"How long we travel on dreaming those old household scenes?" Asks Hillman. Most people make dreaming about household members periodically- -some more, some less. Hillman differences the contention that these are unsolved psychical issues. He states they are emotional matters going through the work of soul-making. Here is the direct contrast between Lawsuit History and Soul History.

The "Hillman Revelation" is that his thoughts are against the traditional reading of dreams. Whereas Sigmund Freud looks to the past and Carl Jung looks to the future, Hillman topographic points us where we are. Whereas Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung construe the dream, Hillman prosecutes the dream. In direct contrast to Sigmund Freud and Jung's dreaming theories concerning dreaming persons, Hillman claims that "the people I prosecute within dreamings are neither mental representations of their life selves nor parts of me. They are shadow mental images that fill archetypal roles: they are personae, masks, in the hollow of which is a numen."

The Real World:

Having lived most of my life as an atheist and a skeptic, it is truly a wonderment that I have got been able to accept and survey the dogmas of Depth psychology, especially Dreamwork. Whether it is the residue from past beliefs or my educational indoctrination of the scientific method, I still am loath to give acceptance to daydream reading as an effectual curative tool. In fact, as much as Freud's "wish fulfilment" and Jung's "anticipating the future" are attractive to me, I still have got an arduous clip accepting them. However, Jesse James Hillman proposes we be with the dreams, not do anticipations of them. I agree. I hold that dreaming makes have got its ain autonomy.

It is cheering when I daydream of my parents. It experiences like I am with them, even when I awake. However, my parents are dead. I make not believe I will ever be with them again. I can be withthe mental images and bask them though, and it is still comforting. Of course of study some dreamings can not be enjoyed; in fact, they can be quite disturbing. Fortunately, I make not aftermath up anymore wondering why I had a dream, whether it is one of household interaction or a nightmare. It is like going to a movie. Unless I have got seen prevues and cognize something about it, I travel in not knowing whether it is going to be good or bad. I happen dreamings and movies synonymous in that respect.

I dreamed that I was incarcerated on the Las Vegas Strip. I had wandered off too far when it was clip to go back to the confines. I managed to acquire back in without being detected, and having done that I thought "Hey, it would be easy to get away from here." I awoke and the dreaming stayed with me for a while. Having done so much reading on Jung, I immediately considered my flight from the prison house as symbolical to escaping from Pacifica--the school I was going to at the time. Thinking that the dreaming was warning me not to continue--that I was not doing the right thing, I spent the remainder of the twenty-four hours wondering if dreaming reading is all that it is cracked up to be. I make not believe it is, and I came to the decision that I am not Carl Gustav Jung, incarnate--I just don't have got any concern attempting dreaming interpretation, even if I did believe in it.

I suggest writing down dreamings periodically, especially the 1s that really catch your attention. Survey them by remembering how you felt during the dreaming and how you experience when you awake, and compose that down too. It is my doctrine that if this is done over a considerable time, there will be psychological wages of repose and contentedness. I make not believe it counts whether one is living a legal, honest, Negro spiritual or spiritual life or not. I believe dreamings can profit people who kill people for a living. I believe dreamings can profit people who draw armed robberies for a living. I believe dreamings can profit people who colza or molest children. I believe dreamings can profit people that enactment out any depraved behaviour there is. It might be possible that many things can be resolved by contemplating and studying dreams--not interpreting them. Maybe not. Maybe it is none of our concern what our dreamings mean. Maybe they are not our dreams. I could travel on with maybes indefinitely, and so can everybody in the mental wellness field, including philosophers, but I seriously doubt the mind is ever going to be penetrated to the point of knowing what they intend or what they are for.

There is a expression around 12-step programs: Keep it simple. I'm convinced that every individual who have got got delved into the human race of dreamings professionally have figured out what they wanted to know, but they screwed it up when they complicated it so much that people who read their books did not have a hint what they are writing about. Who knows, maybe I will compose a book on dreamings and perplex it so much that lone people can decipher it. I doubt it. If I compose one, I assure to maintain it simple.


Ewen, Henry Martin Robert B. (1988). Theories of Personality. Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers. p. 47.

Freud, S. (1963). In J. Lytton Strachey (Ed and Trans.) The criterion edition of the complete psychological plant of Sigmund Sigmund Freud (Vol 15, pp. 83-239). London: William Hogarth Press. (Original work published 1916. pp. 83, 89, 129.

Hillman, James. (1979). The Dream and the Underworld. New York: Harpist & Row Publishers. p. 2, 46, 55.

Jung, C.G. (1974). Dreams and psychical energy. In Dreams (pp. 23-83). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. pp. 33, 38, 39, 49.

Wade, Carole & Tavris, Carol. (1998). Psychology. New York: Longman. p. 177.


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